Courts in Iowa
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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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01, Feb 2015 - Pottawattamie, IA Iowa man sentenced to life in prison for shooting death
The Oakland man convicted in the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey has been sentenced.
01, Feb 2015 - Judge: Iowa inmate's suit against parole board can continue
An Iowa judge has ruled that the lawsuit of an inmate serving a life sentence for stabbing and raping a woman can continue against the Iowa Board of Parole.
01, Feb 2015 - Sioux, IA Judge gives life to ‘dangerous’ man in dual robberies
SIOUX CITY — A federal judge sentenced a convicted felon to life in prison for two robberies in Iowa, calling him one of the most dangerous people he’s ever seen.
01, Feb 2015 - Black Hawk, IA Waterloo man's murder conviction upheld
The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of the Waterloo man who killed Kay Straw on May 2, 2012.
01, Feb 2015 - Polk, IA Luebke Set to be Sentenced After OWI Pleas
DES MOINES, Iowa — A former car salesman will learn his sentence Thursday in two OWI cases. Steve Luebke will be in court today. His cases stem from two incidents last September. Police say Luebke mixed prescription drugs and alcohol and crashed a Chevy Camero on Interstate 235. He got a ride home from that […]
01, Feb 2015 - State supreme court to review Webster’s appeal
The Iowa Supreme Court will review the case of Tyler Webster vs. the state of Iowa, according to Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille. In 2013, Webster, of Fairfield, was convicted of second degree murder after a jury trial in Jefferson County. In November 2014, the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case for a new trial. The state of Iowa, through the Iowa Attorney General’s Office ...
01, Feb 2015 - Judge refuses to toss Perry abuse-of-power case on constitutional grounds
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines this weekend, says he will announce as soon as May whether he will make a second run for the White House.
01, Feb 2015 - Women’s Basketball: Cowgirls drop Cyclones with last-second shot
Iowa State sophomore Seanna Johnson called it a defensive miscommunication. Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell called it a play executed to perfection.
01, Feb 2015 - Wapello, IA Wapello man admits to violating probation, owi
MUSCATINE, Iowa — Curtis Charles Farrar, 26, of Wapello, admitted to a probation violation in a prior drug case as well as a new operating while intoxicated, second offense charge. On Friday, the court imposed concurrent prison sentences for a total term not to exceed five years.
31, Jan 2015 - Muscatine, IA Pre-trial conference continued for man accused of exploiting minors
MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine man's pre-trial conference has been continued at the defense's request to 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 13. 
31, Jan 2015 - Muscatine, IA Man sentenced to 5 years for choking wife
MUSCATINE, Iowa — A West Liberty man was sentenced Jan. 30 after previously pleading guilty to domestic abuse assault.
31, Jan 2015 - U.S. Attorney, Iowa DOT highlight human trafficking crimes at event
By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette EVANSDALE — As officials wrapped up National Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention month, Iowa Department of Transportation officers teamed up Friday with U.S. Attorney Kevin Techau for a special awareness event at the Flying J truck plaza. Techau and the officers were handing out wallet cards and window decals with information about ...
31, Jan 2015 - Our day in court
From shoplifting to dogs run amok, the city's quality of life is judged on Kiowa Street by Corey Hutchins If you're into people-watching, forget the public library, the DMV or even a late night by the Street Fighter II machine at Super Nova Bar and Arcade. Instead, go check out the parade of humanity rolling through an afternoon criminal arraignment docket on the second floor of the city's ...
31, Jan 2015 - Threatened By Liability, Iowa City Bans Sledding
The city of Dubuque, Iowa, is the latest city to pass a ban on sledding. It affects all but two hills in town. City Council members say they've passed the ban to protect tax payers from lawsuits and are now asking local legislators to add sledding to the list of activities that cities are protected from being sued for, like skateboarding and biking accidents. Copyright 2015 NPR.
31, Jan 2015 - Muscatine, IA Man gets probation for delivery cocaine
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa — A West Liberty man was sentenced Jan. 30 after having previously pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. 
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